|This little guy would rather eat soot from the fireplace than food with texture!|
I quickly discovered that although my son will eat paper, dirt, and carpet fuzz, he doesn't like his food to have texture! He'd stay on a liquid diet if I'd let him--hence a lot of the trial and error. But slowly, I've been feeling my way along and figuring out what works and what doesn't!
So he's doing pretty well eating vegetables this way. Fruit, being sweeter, is easier to get him to eat. I started by pulling out some apples from my batch of applesauce before I added the honey and spices. (Find that recipe here.) Of course we tried mashed banana, which he loves. And just recently, he's been eating peaches ground up in the food processor. I've had to add a little cereal to the peaches to give them a thicker consistency to get him to eat them.
As far as grains go, we started with baby oatmeal, which he has loved from the beginning. I mix it with pureed prunes for extra fiber! I found a recipe in the comment section of a parenting blog for Baby Pancakes. He really likes these. I made a whole bunch and froze them, and I'll just thaw a few and break them into pieces for him to eat. Here's my version of the recipe which I modified slightly from the original posting.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oatmeal cereal
1 cup water (or breast milk)
1/2 cup mashed banana (or other fruit)
3 egg yolks (My son seems to be allergic to egg whites!)
1/2 cup apple juice (Add more if batter is too thick.)
dash of cinnamon
So we're slowly working our way towards eating three meals of "real food" a day. He still gets most of his nutrition from breast milk, but he's learning to tolerate foods with texture. In a few months, hopefully, we can transition to all solids!